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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Woman arrested on drug charges

  • Driving without taillights resulted in the arrest of a Phillips County woman on a variety of drug-related charges according to the Phillips County Sheriff's Department.
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  • Driving without taillights resulted in the arrest of a Phillips County woman on a variety of drug-related charges according to the Phillips County Sheriff's Department. On May 4, Deputy Jeremy Bramlett was patrolling the area along Phillips County Road 300 when he spotted a vehicle traveling west on the roadway without any taillights. Bramlett stopped the vehicle. Melanie Hislip was identified as the driver of that vehicle. Bramlett asked to see Hislip's driver's license and proof of insurance and told her why he made the stop. While Bramlett addressed Hislip, Lt. Sylvester Rose approached he vehicle and noticed a clear plastic baggie on the floorboard behind the driver's seat. Rose told Bramlett what he saw and Bramlett asked Hislip to step out of the vehicle. Rose field-tested the contents of the baggie and the substance tested positive for meth. Hislip was searched and deputies discovered a white bottle containing 7 round blue pills and four round tan pills on her person. The deputies reported the bottle containing the pills had no prescription label. The tan pills were identified as Hydrochlorothiazide, which is used to treat high blood pressure. The blue pills were determined to be used for anxiety, muscle spasms and alcohol withdrawal. Hislip was transported to the Phillips County Sheriff's Office for process. Hislip faces charges of possession with intent to deliver crystal meth and possession of a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $10,000.

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